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John Lee Hooker Don't Turn Me From Your Door (LP, 180g Vinyl)

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(Speakers Corner) 12 tracks John Lee Hooker remains both a mystery and an object of study. While... more

John Lee Hooker: Don't Turn Me From Your Door (LP, 180g Vinyl)

(Speakers Corner) 12 tracks
John Lee Hooker remains both a mystery and an object of study. While some, like the author Jacques Demêtre, see the man from the Mississippi as, from a musical point of view, "the roughest and most African of all blues interpreters," others, like the reviewer Net Hentoff, freeze in bewilderment at Hooker's unfiltered power of expression, which could "frighten the unprepared listener.

The pieces lined up here show that Hooker's musical language is at least deeply moving even without the marked 'boom boom'.
Each one is a rough diamond in its own right, which is intended to be perceived unpolished and direct.

Broken, the singer declaims his lute over a violin and only through the meter in "Stuttering Blues".
Dragging and defiant, the inner farewell is announced with exact lyrics ("You Lost A Good Man") and a song without words ("Misbelieving Baby") ponders questioningly in a purely instrumental monologue.
Except for a pinch of boogie ("Pouring Down Rain") Hookers Blues avoids any beautiful sound and sweet harmony.
He remains unembellishedly rough, mercilessly honest, sometimes irreconcilable and denies any thought of any kind of 'back to the roots'.
This sound can only be the root itself.

Recording: 1953 in Cincinnati and July 1961 in Miami
Production: Henry Stone

Article properties: John Lee Hooker: Don't Turn Me From Your Door (LP, 180g Vinyl)

  • Interpret: John Lee Hooker

  • Album titlle: Don't Turn Me From Your Door (LP, 180g Vinyl)

  • Genre Blues

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
  • Label SPEAKERS CORNER

  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 4260019716057

  • weight in Kg 0.3
Hooker, John Lee - Don't Turn Me From Your Door (LP, 180g Vinyl) LP 1
01 Stuttering Blues John Lee Hooker
02 Wobbling Baby John Lee Hooker
03 You Lost A Good Man John Lee Hooker
04 Love My Baby John Lee Hooker
05 Misbelieving Baby John Lee Hooker
06 Drifting Blues John Lee Hooker
07 Don't Turn Me From Your Door John Lee Hooker
08 My Baby Don't Love Me John Lee Hooker
09 I Ain't Got Nobody John Lee Hooker
10 Real Real Gone John Lee Hooker
11 Guitar' Lovin Man John Lee Hooker
12 Talk About Your Baby John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker After nomadically label-hopping for the first seven years of his... more
"John Lee Hooker"

John Lee Hooker

After nomadically label-hopping for the first seven years of his astonishingly prolific recording career, Mississippi Delta émigré John Lee Hooker settled into a relatively exclusive relationship with Chicago’s Vee-Jay Records in 1955. Things had changed dramatically on the R&B front since 1949; no longer would a haunting solo blues piece like the Hook’s Boogie Chillen (it’s on BCD 16921, Disc One) find its way to the top of the charts now that rock 'n' roll had captured the teenage demographic.

Still, there remained a solid southern market for blues, and John Lee was happy to help fill it on Vee-Jay through 1964 (granted, there were dalliances with a number of other labels during that span). His first Vee-Jay date, conducted in Chicago in October of ’55, found him in the company of labelmate Jimmy Reed, guitarist Eddie Taylor (a steadying presence for both Reed and Hooker whenever they entered the studio), bassist George Washington, and drummer Tom Whitehead, who had been playing sessions with the Boogie Man since 1953 and clearly knew the territory.

Reed was absent for Hooker’s Vee-Jay encore session, held March 27, 1956, but the rhythm section remained constant. Among the enduring gems laid down that day was the rollicking Dimples, a standard in John Lee’s repertoire from then on. He’s listed as writing it with Jimmy Bracken, the co-owner of Vee-Jay. Hooker was fretting an electric guitar instead of the acoustic he used on his first Detroit sessions (ironically, he’d have to retrieve it when the folk-blues trend hit).

Hooker’s Vee-Jay stint produced some of the most polished recordings he ever made, thanks to stellar musicianship by Taylor and his comrades, who seemed to cope with Hooker’s erratic timing better than just about anyone else he’d recorded with. At the end of 1958, John Lee would find his way back onto the R&B charts for the first time in more than seven years with I Love You Honey. He scored nationally again in 1960 with No Shoes. But as it turned out, the John Lee Hooker story was just getting underway.

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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